A charming island of palm-fringed beaches and colonial-style architecture

This small Dutch Caribbean island lies just 18 miles off the coast of Venezuela. Here, you can enjoy the picture-perfect palm-fringed white sand beaches of the south, dramatic landscapes of the north and the wild scenery that inhabits the middle of the island, spreading out to the west. A unique cultural melting pot of people, languages and cuisine, Aruba has plenty to offer.

  • You'll find the finest beaches on the south and west coasts – powder soft sands and calm waters
  • Head to the east for the rugged Windward coast with its limestone coves and desert scenery
  • Head to Ariok National Park for hiking trails to witness abandoned gold mines, ruins and ancient paintings and fossils
  • Below the hurricane belt in the Southern Caribbean, Aruba benefits from year-round sunshine
  • Stroll around Oranjestad to take in the unmistakingly Dutch colourful colonial buildings

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Time difference:

GMT -5 hours

Currency:

Aruban Guilder. US dollars are also accepted locally.

Flying time to destination:

12¼ hours

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When to visit

Jan 30°c
Feb 30°c
Mar 31°c
Apr 31°c
May 32°c
Jun 32°c
Jul 32°c
Aug 32°c
Sep 32°c
Oct 32°c
Nov 31°c
Dec 30°c
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